Ship's Log

Week of May 20, 2019

Happy Monday!!! (or Sunday Night)! This should be a quiet... almost calm before the storm kind of week!

Our Middles are all on their week long field trips this week.

Mrs. Lawson has joined Miss Ellis and the 6th graders at Nature's Classroom.

Mrs. Priddy and Mrs. Campbell are with the others on a tour of our Nation's Capital.

Mrs. Creamer will help cover the office and I know we will all pitch in this week!

Grade 3 is being covered by Mr. Farnsworth in the mornings and Mrs. McNally in the afternoons, except for Wednesday which will be Mrs. P.

There are some changes to the lunch/recess schedule on Wednesday and Friday due to field trips... Hopefully this schedule which is a compromise will work for everyone..

Wednesday- K-3 recess together 11:00-11:30 and then lunch together 11:30-12:00 with PK lunch at 12:00 still

Friday - 2/3 will have lunch at 12:00 and recess at 12:25, 4/5 will have recess at 12:00 and lunch at 12:25.

This WEEK:

BUS DUTY: Stella Daigneault

Middle School Field Trips

Monday- (161)

8:30 choir, 9:00 Rosary

Tuesday (Day 162)

MAP Testing- Language 1

Cool Kids Banking

Wednesday (Day 163) Ally out- Leah Cover

4/5 Field Trip

LAST Day for Library

Thursday (Day 164)

Books & Beyond Awards PK-3 9:15 gym

Friday (Day 165) Dave out AM/Mary Lou out

K/1 Field Trip

Saturday- NJHS Flags at cemetery

Happy Birthday






Friday- Alyssa Maineiwklang, Sarah Rosales


Before // After School Activities:

Monday- Choir

Tuesday- BOK 4-8

Wednesday- Art Exploration

Thursday- BOK K-3



Cell Phones should not be used for personal use during class/work time. Please limit use to your prep/breaks. We understand there are times you need to be accessible- in those cases just let me know please.

UPDATE summer reading lists- please!!

SUPPLY LISTS were Due May 17th- Please get them into the office ASAP for budget planning

LESSON PLANS- I know we are coming to the end of the year, but classroom teachers are still expected to have their detailed lesson plans for the week prepared for Mondays.

Just a reminder that you are responsible for the contents of the faculty/staff handbook- These are the guidelines and expectations for staff members


This is a reminder that ALL staff are expected to attend Graduation- June 6th at 5:00.

Please RSVP to Mrs. Priddy and let her know if you will also attend the dinner afterward.

This is in the faculty/staff handbook and a friendly reminder is always helpful=

"Working in an elementary school setting provides our faculty with the opportunity to interact with students and parents in a variety of community-building activities, many of which take place outside of the regular school day. These obligations include Back to School Night, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Open House, Concerts, Science Fair and Graduation. ALL faculty are expected to attend these events. If for some reason, a teacher cannot attend one of these events, he or she may request the use of a personal day or sick day. Staff are also required to attend at least 2 fundraiser events during the school year (Comedy Night, Color Run, Pasta Supper, Gala, Golf Tournament etc.) unless other arrangements have been made with the principal or headmaster."

End of Year

The last day of school will be June 13th.
This is always an early release day and we will have our awards assembly in the gym that morning- I'll confirm the time... this is usually followed by our Staff end of year party/luncheon- Location TBD

We will have June 14th off (enjoy) but ALL staff should plan to work on June 17th and 18th to complete additional work on our self study and supporting materials.

We are hoping to finalize most of the work by June 18th but there may be some things that will require additional work before the beginning of the next school year.

I love visiting your classrooms and seeing all the amazing things you're doing for kids!

Don't forget to invite me, remind me or share photos of what is happening when I'm not there! Let's keep sharing our story and great happenings!

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I always feel like this is the time of year that we run 100% on adrenaline- there are so many things to do and we're balancing several things at once. The last month of school is filled with so many to-dos, and sometimes we let the tasks overwhelm us and change the way we react and support the students who need us most.

I am going to make an assumption (based on some observations) that our students are beginning to sense the end of the year is near. We may see students exhibit behaviors that we haven't seen for a while OR new behaviors that leave us wondering. I found an article (linked here) that reminds of WHY this happens and how to support students through this transitional time.

"These students may begin acting out, appear less focused, and possibly shut down. Also, to adults, youthful fear and anxiety may look like anger."

In addition, the article reminds us of what stress does to the body.

"Under significant stress, the brain becomes hyper-vigilant, hyper-focused, reactive, and emotional. When stress hijacks the emotional limbic brain, we are left in a survival response as the prefrontal cortex shuts down and turns off. The frontal lobe allows us to think through choices and consequences, plan, prioritize, problem solve, and emotionally regulate with focused attention. When a continuous stream of fear, anxiety, and worries seizes our frontal lobes, our ability to think through experiences and challenges is compromised."

I want you to know that I recognize how frustrating behavior management can be at this time of year, but I also want to remind you how important it is to dig deep inside yourself to monitor your response, stay calm (at least on the outside), and ask for support from colleagues or myself if you need it. I know that I need to do this myself at times too. We can support each other and FINISH STRONG! You've Got This!!

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Good News Call of the Day

Don't forget to make your PAWSitive Referrals! We're almost half way through the year so we need to TRIPLE or efforts... try to suggest a couple each week!

Upcoming Events:

MAY is Allergy Awareness Month

5/20-5/24 Grade 6 to Nature's Classroom & Grades 7-8 to Washington DC

5/20 NO Mass- 9:00 Rosary at church

5/22 4 & 5 Lowell Field Trip

5/23 Books & Beyond Awards 9:15

5/24 K & 1 Boston Science Museum trip

5/25 NJHS flags at the cemetery

5/27 NO School- Memorial Day

5/28 Grade 2 & 3 Ecotarium Field Trip

5/30 Ascension Thursday Mass 9:00

5/30 PK-5 Spring Concert

5/31 8th grade retreat

6/3 School Mass 9:00- NJHS INDUCTIONS

6/3 Violin Concert 6:30

6/5 Worcester Bravehearts Baseball Game K-8

6/6 Clap Out 11:00

6/6 8th Grade Graduation 5:00

6/7 Field Day

6/10 School Mass 9:00

6/11 Preschool Graduation 10:00

6/12 PTO Out of Dress Day

6/13 LAST Day of School- Awards in Gym 9:00 // Dismissal 11:30

8/27 First Day of School

NEASC Meetings:

June 3rd

June 10th

June 17 & June 18th